The EFF stated on Thursday that it has instructed its legal team to lawyers to join in the defense of the public protector in the court application for a pressing forbid held up by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.
Gordhan lodged an urgent application on Wednesday to suspend and interdict the enforcement of the remedial orders by the public protector, and also to review her report she issued last Friday.
This pursues the arrival of a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Friday on her findings concerning the foundation of the South African Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.
Mkhwebane found that the setting up of the unit, endorsed by Gordhan, was disregarding the constitution.
In an announcement, the EFF said it was shocked that Gordhan had lodged an urgent interdict trying to stop the execution of the public protector remedial action following her report on Friday.
“This is because he did not do the same with regards to the report of the PP before and its remedial actions were still never implemented by President (Cyril) Ramaphosa.”
The EFF was alluding to the report by the public protector in May identifying with the early retirement and annuity payout allowed to previous Sars agent chief Ivan Pillay during Gordhan’s tenure as finance minister.
Mkhwebane requested Ramaphosa to act against Gordhan for abusing the constitution.
Gordhan declared in May that he would take that report on the audit.
The EFF said remedial action relating to Gordhan never seems to actually receive a positive response from the head of state.
“Nevertheless, we also cannot sense any urgency related to this matter, except Gordhan’s bloated egoism of thinking he is above the law and must always receive some special treatment from our legal system,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.